Cableway Charity Challenge
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With the days winding down until the 2024 Cableway Charity Challenge, almost a million rand in pledges has already been raised!


Cape Town, South Africa (15 April 2024) — Every year, change climbers, racing rockstars and amateurs with tremendous ambition head to Table Mountain; their shoes laced to make a difference for charities undertaking imperative work in local communities. The Cableway Charity Challenge makes no promise of being easy for those participating in the Challenge, but it does promise the hope that many lives will be made easier thanks to every person who lends their effort and love of adventure to the cause.

The Run Down

Not to be confused with a day of riding the aerial cableway endlessly, this is a gruelling, but deeply fulfilling physical challenge. On Saturday, 20 April, participants will task themselves to tackle as many climb up Platteklip Gorge as they can manage. Some run, some walk, some crawl. All are transported back down after each climb by the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. The point, however, is not about how you use your body to get up Platteklip Gorge, but that you show up, use your strength, and try!

Everyone, from endurance champions to corporate squads and schools, takes part in the respective events, while those who are not participating but want to play their part often sponsor participants.

Ascent to Change

In incredible news for the 2024 Cableway Charity Challenge, almost a million rand has already been raised in pledges ahead of the event. Currently, the total pledges are sitting at R943 580—a whopping feat not too shy from last year’s results that climbed over R1 million and broke a whole new record.

Considering that just two years ago, the entire event raised just under R850 000, and last the striking ascent of the event is something well worth all the applause.

Funding Hopeful Futures

This year, the following charities have been nominated as beneficiaries who will receive 10% each of the event proceeds.

  • Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR), who are the champions of mountain-related rescues and lifesaving endeavours.
  • Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS), the unsung firefighting force responsible for saving lives across the Western Cape in the midst of wildfires.

The balance of the funds raised will head to:

  • Ndihluthi –  serves one pot, cook and eat bags (Ndihluthi meal bags) to underprivileged Cape Town communities so they can enjoy nutritious meals.
  • Abalimi Bezekhaya – a non-profit urban-farming organization that helps disadvantaged communities and individuals with skills to produce their own food, which many can use as an income.
  • Funda Kunye – equips caregivers of babies and little children with vital development and education skills necessary for growth.

You can pledge your support for the 2024 Cableway Charity Challenge here!

Sources: Cableway Charity Challenge 
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